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Effective 1/1/2018 MERLAB is not providing engineering services.

Our Principal Engineer, David R. Smith, has taken indefinite leave to teach at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Former (or future) clients interested in working with Dr. Smith should contact him through his e-mail at Georgia Tech, available on the Mechnical Engineering faculty/staff website

We are a small engineering consulting firm that designs and analyzes mechanical systems, including kinematics, dynamics, vibrations, and automatic controls. Our emphasis is on mechanical systems for use in astronomical applications, such as active systems for large telescopes. However, we're interested in the design, analysis, and manufacture of anything that moves in precise or interesting ways.

A more detailed view can be found by looking at our Projects page, but here are some general examples:

Design

Experimentation

Analysis